As part of my stop on the blog tour for SIX, I have an interview with the author, Rachel Robinson. If you haven’t already, make sure you check out my book review of SIX. After the interview, I’ve included an excerpt from SIX, as well as information for the tour giveaway.
I want to thank Rachel for answering my questions. Now onto the fun stuff!
Interview with Rachel Robinson:
SIX is a book with a unique concept. I don’t think I’ve read anything quite like it, where one faction values emotions and one doesn’t. Where did the idea for SIX come from?
The idea for SIX came when I was plotting out the third book in my Paranormal Romance, Samantha Scott series. My mind got caught up in the concept of love destroying the world. If you think about the crazy things people (friends, family, people you hear of in the news) do for love, it makes total sense. The dystopian world of banned emotions snowballed from there. Because wouldn’t you want to ban what has deathly, catastrophic potential? On the flip side, emotions are what make life worth living. Imagine realizing that, and experiencing those emotions for the first time. The concept just intrigued me. Obviously.
When we first meet her, Emma doesn’t feel many emotions, just fear and anger. How difficult was it to write a character that, at first, didn’t have emotions like the rest of us?
This was the hardest part for me. Making a character relatable, when you don’t relate AT ALL. Everything from dialogue, to the way she interacts with others (and with herself in her own head) had to be analyzed a million times over. I wanted to give glimpses into the individual she’d eventually become, but it was hard. The supporting characters had to be strong, and very relatable to balance Emma out. A light in the dark, if you will.
Lana, Emma’s foul-mouthed, butt-kicking friend is quite a character. She seems like someone that would be fun to write, because she just says or does whatever’s in her mind. I adored her, and think others will too. I gotta know, where did Lana come from? Any real life inspiration?
I love Lana. I do. As a writer you try not to play favorites, but when you have a vibrant character like Lana, who almost steals the show, it’s hard not to say, “Come be on my team!” First Lana was born out of need. Someone had to pull Emma up by the bootstraps and smack some sense into her. (I think she does this at least once in SIX ) As for real life inspiration, I think Lana is the best friend everyone wants—someone who is loyal to a fault. I wish I could say my best friend wielded a bow like Katniss, but she can’t. She can be foul-mouthed at times, though.
When you aren’t pounding away crazily at the keyboard, what do you do? Other than think of ways to torture your characters.
My first thought was to say reading, but I’m sure most people assume that. When I’m not reading or writing, I’m hanging out with my five year-old and my husband. I also have two cats. One is hairless and acts like a dog. That keeps things interesting. He takes over my Instagram account. @rachelrobinsonauthor
When reading yourself, do you prefer e-books or physical books?
Random fact: I move a lot. Well, my husband’s job moves us a lot. That means I settle for e-books. When you read as much as I do, it’s easier to buy-now-one-click like a mad woman as opposed to going to the bookstore. There’s more variety available in the e-book world, too. One day, when we’re done moving I can’t wait to buy all of my favorites and fill bookshelves.
What are some of your recent favorite books?
My favorite books I’ve read within the last month or so are Making Faces by Amy Harmon, Night Owl by M. Pierce, Endless Knight by Kresley Cole, and Welcome to Sugartown by Carmen Jenner. My all time favorite series is The Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning.
What are you working on now? Hopefully some more New Adult books?
Wait for it…wait for it…I’m working on a Contemporary Romance/New Adult book. It doesn’t have any paranormal facets, and it’s (very, very) loosely based on my real life. Too many people have told me to do it. It scares me, but I’m doing it. So, Maverick the playboy Navy SEAL and Windsor the girl he should probably leave alone are getting their time to shine. It will be a touch darker than the average Contemp. Rom. This is the first time I’ve announced it. You hear that everyone? Next year!
Any last words?
Thank you so much for the interview. Awesome questions, by the way. Come find me on the World Wide Web. I love hearing from my readers and I’m usually glued to my Facebook.
Excerpt From SIX:
Then, I see the specific memory—the one that haunts me. It is the memory that consumes my being with longing because I have been unable to attach an emotion to it. I feel as if I am in that memory at this moment.
“I’m going to get you Emmalina,” my mother says. I run so fast that my tiny heart is thumping rapidly. Sticky sweat surrounds my face and mats my hair at my hairline. My feet are bare and the gray haze is the lightest I ever remember it being. I look over my shoulder and laugh as I see her running after me. She has her hands stretched out toward me and her brown hair bounces as she runs. It is a dream in slow motion that I get to relive. The moment is perfect. Her smile is electric. Her voice is sweeter than any treat from the old world.
“You can’t catch me, Mommy!” My singsong child’s voice rings back at her. I want her to catch me. I want her hands tickling me. She grabs me and lifts me under my arms, and up over her head. I can touch the sky. I am flying. She spins around in a circle but I do not look around. I look at her smiling face. It is so cheerful, it is so perfect. It holds the same emotion that I feel in this moment.
We are complete. I am not empty.
The emotion rips me from the inside. “I feel joy,” I tell Finn as I throw my head back laughing at the sky. The emotion tears through me more powerful than anything else, filling me with purpose. I am elated, delighted, I feel contentment and relief. Excitement courses through my veins more powerful than dark magic. It is incomparable. I splash the water at my sides and giggle because I want to, not because I think it prudent. I am so happy I remember her—thankful Finn has forced this from me in his own way. I jump toward him and he catches me under my arms.
He lifts me above his head and I feel like I am floating on a cloud in an alternate universe. He spins in one slow circle. I gaze down at him knowing this is what my mother wants for me. I vow to make her sacrifice worth it.
Finn laughs loudly—a hearty, meaningful laugh. We revel in this perfect moment together just Finn and I and our joyful laughter.
I know then that his laugh is the only sound I like more than my own heartbeat.
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About the author:
Rachel grew up in a small, quiet town full of loud talkers. Her words were always only loud on paper. She has been writing stories and creating characters for as long as she can remember. After living on the west coast for many years she recently moved to Virginia Beach, VA. Escaped is her first Paranormal Romance novel. You can find her over at The Mean Girl Diaries writing non-fiction of the satirical sort.